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One of the best things about HPU is the Career Services Center, which I find is very useful. They assist students with getting internships and finding business contacts. They also set up meetings with well-known companies who need new employees so I could meet with business people face-to-face. I got an internship at Sheraton Waikiki as the Front Office Manager, which was a good experience for me because Hawaii has the best travel industry in the world.

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English Requirements for International Students

International students demonstrating that they meet the academic requirements of the university mustalso prove English proficiency in order to begin an academic degree program. Students must submit a minimum score or better from one of the recognized English proficiency tests below and may, depending on the score, be required to take HPU credit-bearing transitional courses in the initial semester. Alternatively, students may present a certificate of completion of level 112 of the ELS intensive program.

The English proficiency waivers, tests and minimum scores that HPU recognizes are:
Recognized Minimum Test Scores
High School Diploma Completed four years of high school study, in an international school or a school, where English is the primary medium of instruction.*
High School Diploma USA
Completed two years of high school studies in the United States 10th grade and above, not including ESL courses.*
Internet-based Testing (iBT) TOEFL 70-79: Students enroll in a minimum of two HPU transitional courses in the first semester

80 or better with a writing score of 25 or more: transitional courses optional
Paper-based TOEFL 523 – 549 Students enroll in a minimum of two HPU transitional courses in the first semester

550 or better, transitional courses optional
Computer-based TOEFL 193 – 212 students enroll in a minimum of two HPU transitional courses in the first semester

213, TWE 5.0 or better, transitional courses optional
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 5.5: Students enroll in a minimum of two HPU transitional courses in the first semester

6 or above and 6.5 on the Writing Module: transitional courses optional
Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) Critical Reading (CR) and Writing (WRI) add up to 800 or above

740 - 799: Students enroll in a minimum of two HPU transitional courses in the first semester
American College Testing Assessment (ACT) 18 or more in English
International Baccalaureate (IB) A grade of 4 or better in IB English A1 or A2, HL or S
GCSE (A-Level) or GSE (O-Level) A grade of “C” or better in English
College or University Studies 1 year of post-secondary study at an accredited college or university in the United States, Canada, or in a country or at a college or university where the primary language of instruction is English with the equivalent of HPU’s WRI 1100 Course with a score of C or better. Course must completed in person & not online.
Country Exemptions
Antigua Fiji St. Kitts & Nevis
Australia Grand Cayman Islands St. Lucia
Bahamas Grenada St. Vincent & Grenadines
Barbados Irish Republic South Africa
Belize Jamaica Trinidad & Tobago
Bermuda Malawi United Kingdom
Canada (not Quebec) New Zealand Virgin Islands
Dominica Singapore
Japan STEP EIKEN Test 2A* Students enroll in a minimum of two HPU transitional courses in the first semester

Pre-1* or better, transitional courses optional
Sweden A grade of “VG” or “MVG” in an English Class from High School
Norway Grade of 4 or better in an English Class from High School
India and Sri Lanka 60% or better in English on CIE or National Board (CBSE, ISC, State Board) exams, grade of 4 or better in IB English A1 or A2, HL or S, grade of "C" or better on the A-level (GCSE) or O-Level Exam (GSE). *
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 51-57 Students enroll in a minimum of two HPU transitional courses in the first semester

58 or better, transitional courses optional
Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Grade of C or better
Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) Grade of A
English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) 965
Advanced Placement International English Language test (APIEL) 3 or better
* Students may be required to take the HPU Writing Placement Test and may be asked to provide additional documentation such as recommendation letters or an interview.

Note: Students applying for short-term study programs at HPU are required to submit written proof of their English proficiency. Please check the application requirements of the program you are applying for.

Hawaii Pacific University
International Admission
1164 Bishop Street, Suite #1100
Honolulu, HI 96813 USA

Tel: +1 (808) 544-0238
Fax: +1 (808) 543-8065
E-mail: international@hpu.edu